If you’re looking for a good background story to pair with a strong new release, Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson have teamed up to put forth an unlikely pairing with the new bluesy, soulful, rootsy album “Blues In My Blood.”
“Blues In My Blood” joins New Orleans jazz singer Tiffany Pollack with acclaimed Whiskey Bayou Records artist Eric Johanson (Tab Benoit’s label) to bring forth a swampy, gritty take on blues and roots. What’s fascinating about this pairing is how they met. Pollack was reunited with her biological family at the age of 25, and at that time, she discovered that she and Johanson were third-generation members of a family with quite a bit of musical history. The cousins’ mothers pushed for them to work together, and now the project has come to life.
The album kicks off with howling bottleneck slide guitar by Johanson on the title track. Pollack’s soulful vocals cut through with pristine clarity, and a four-on-the-floor Delta blues stomper ensues, with powerful cracking of the drums by Brentt Arcement. You can hear the blending of styles, as New Orleans-inspired jazz vocals combine with gritty blues guitar. The production choices by Grammy Award producer Jack Miele, and clever chord changes inside of a traditional blues vibe, create a tasteful blend of old versus new stylings.
“Memories To Forget” follows, with haunting harp licks throughout from Johnny Sansone. Other highlights include uptempo groove number “Keep It Simple,” and a couple of choice covers – “No Expectations” by The Rolling Stones, “River” by Joni Mitchell” and Pete Seeger’s “If I Had A Hammer” – all being done justice by these two, who clearly have developed a musical chemistry together.
“Blues In My Blood” is a recommended listen. It hits all the marks – good songwriting, solid production without distracting the listener, excellent singing, beautiful guitar work, and rock solid musicianship all around.
— Jon Siembieda
- Tiffany Pollack & Eric Johanson
‘Blues In My Blood’
Label: NOLA Blue Records
Release: Feb, 15, 2019
Tiffany Pollack – vocals
Eric Johanson – vocals, guitar
Phil Wang – bass
John Gros – organ, piano
Brentt Arcement – drums
Sean Carey – backing vocals
Johnny Sansone – harmonica
Jack Miele – additional guitar, percussion, bass
504 Horns – brass